Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

Meet the specialists

I am an active member of the ADAA, Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

I have worked with many clients in helping them with their panic attacks. We will explore the underlying feelings that are the source of the panic as well as develop useful skills in dealing with them.

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

I have experience treating individuals who suffer from general or acute feelings of anxiety. I also treat those who are experiencing panic attacks and the debilitating affects these can have on their lives.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder. This form of intervention entails both behavioral exercises (exposure) and cognitive work (addressing beliefs and thought patterns that maintain the disorder).

— Michael Greenberg, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

Tingly fingers, feeling fuzzy, racing and sometimes scary thoughts, pounding heart... sound familiar? sound awful? A panic attack survivor myself, I know all too well how scary, exhausting, and bewildering panic attacks can be. Work can suffer, daily life, sleep, your social life - you name it. Even your self esteem can take a hit. Rest assured, panic attacks are treatable. Let's get to the bottom of it, and grow some new skills and confidence so that your panic is a thing of the past.

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

I have extensive experience with anxiety disorders, chronic worry, and panic attacks. As someone who had her first panic attack at age 14, I can not only empathize with people who struggle with anxiety, but have learned many amazing tips and tricks along the way in my own journey towards health!

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I have had extensive experience working with those who have panic disorder and I am proficient in exposure therapies, ACT therapy and REBT (all extremely effective and useful with panic disorder). I work with clients "where they are at" and with "baby steps" together we can get you to the point where you can manage and control your panic attacks and often have long periods (even years!) of no panic attacks. You may reach these goals without the use of medication!

— Deborah Fatone, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

I have been treating Anxiety, OCD and related disorders for more than 14 years. In addition to working in my private practice I work in the UCLA OCD intensive treatment program for adults and have trained in the UCLA Anxiety, OCD and Tic Disorders clinic. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders using exposure and response prevention therapy.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

Often when we're in a "panic attack", our bodies are responding disproportionately to the current situation. Yet there's a good reason for this. Even without our being aware, our minds create meanings from past circumstances that impact our present day-to-day feelings. I want to help you reduce moments of panic by (counterintuitively) bringing those moments more into our sessions together. When the panic is cared for - not pushed down - I see clients improve.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

All of us have fear, whether it be emotionally-based or fear survival instinct that has become overwhelming, flooding our body with anxiety & panic attacks. Many of us have in many ways told ourselves a story that we should not be or feel a certain way, which causes conflict and stress in the body & mind. Together, we work with mindfulness techniques and body-centered practices to regulate fear & anxiety as well as recognizing the thoughts that fuel your fears.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO